CHENNAI: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) on Wednesday came with a clarification of its party chief Kamal Haasan statement and said the ‘Hindu terrorist’ remark was taken out of context.
“He was calling for religious tolerance and co-existence amongst all religious groups and condemned extremism in whichever form and religion,” the statement issued by R Mahendran, Vice President of the party read.
“The Speech has been taken absolutely out of context and has been painted as anti-Hindu with a malafide intent. This has created complete confusion and utmost anxiety amongst many common citizens who are not privy to this larger conspiracy,” the party said.
On Sunday, while addressing an election campaign in Aravakurichi, Makkal Needhi Maiyam (MNM) founder Kamal Haasan had said free India's first ‘terrorist was a Hindu’.
He was referring to Nathuram Godse, who killed Mahatma Gandhi.
"I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India's first terrorist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it terrorism apparently starts," he had said.
Aravakurichi is one of the four Assembly constituencies, where bypolls are scheduled on May 19.
MNM has fielded S Mohanraj from this segment.
On Tuesday, BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay had filed a criminal complaint against MNM and Haasan in Delhi’s Patiala House Court for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of Hindus by associating terrorism with Hindu religion.
BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay had said Haasan’s statement was intended to outrage religious feelings of Hindus and also breached the Model Code of Conduct.
Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
Counting of the votes will be done on May 23.